Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Submitted by: Brewin Dolphin

Description

It’s September 2000. 14-year-old Steve Beaty is in the doghouse. Another call from his teacher about his behaviour means his dad needs to do something to give his tearaway and friends some purpose. That’s how rugby league club Cramlington Rockets was born.

Our Vision

The aim of 'Get Northumberland Rocketing!' is simple. It’s our project to improve the lives of the people of Northumberland, not just through playing sport but with our culture and the family values the club instils to this day. The Rockets is more than just a rugby club, it’s a way to bring our community together.

Inspiring Others

Fast forward to 2017 and Steve Beaty is transformed and now Community Manager of Rockets Community, the only full-time community department for an amateur rugby league club in the UK. Thanks to that phone call, Steve now has 15 years’ experience within community sport. His eyes opened, he became a schools coach to inspire other children.

Impressing as a volunteer, he was offered a job as a RFL Rugby Development Officer. Working hard and rising through the ranks, he was eventually scouted by Super League club, Huddersfield Giants. There he was part of its highly regarded community team, working in schools while also coaching its academy.

When the Giants were crowned Super League champions in 2013, after three successful years, Steve decided to take all he had learnt back home. He returned to the North East and collaborating with the club and others, created the strategy and secured the financial backing to make Rockets Community a reality, going live in 2014.

Rockets Community – The Journey So Far

Since launch, it has been a huge success. The impact is staggering considering it is self-funded on a relatively shoestring budget and now has five staff, led by Steve. Its reach has trebled, now engaging 30,000 people a year across a range of ages, including many in areas of deprivation. Our core activities are:

Coaching in 30+ primary, secondary and SEN schools
Coaching support for local rugby clubs
School assemblies on healthy eating
Rocket Tots for 2-6 year olds
Workshops for students
Support for charitable organisations
School holiday sport camps
Touch rugby and Rocket Ready bootcamps

The Plan For The Future

Through ‘Get Northumberland Rocketing!’ we aim to reach a wider area and demographic than ever before. With your support, we aim to:

Expand our schools network into North Northumberland & North Tyneside
Introduce teacher CPD workshops about healthy lifestyles
Provide free nutrition workshops to tackle obesity
Develop disability specific out-of-hours rugby sessions and camps
Deliver Young Leaders and Junior Coaches mentor schemes
Create free rugby league competitions across the county
Form new fitness activities to reach from newborns to the elderly
Launch Summer Games, a multi-sport programme to engage the disengaged

Central to this is our launch of a second Northumberland club in 2018, Alnwick Bears. Instantly becoming the northern-most club in England, the Bears will focus initially on minis rugby and Bear Cubs for 2-6 year olds before adding more teams and programmes such as Grizzly Bears for over 35s, and Baby Bears for 0-2 year olds.

Our plan is ambitious but achievable. Over 100 children have joined the Rockets thanks to Rockets Community. With your support, we expect 50+ new players and volunteers to be involved with the Bears by the end of 2018 with our community reach approaching 40,000.

We need to make this happen because there are people in Northumberland who have been forgotten about. Why should they be denied sporting opportunities because of where they live?

We believe we are on the cusp of something very special and with your support, we can take our work to the next level and achieve something that will make an impact in our community for many years to come.

UPDATE: In Oct. 2017, Cramlington Rockets was named RFL Community Club of the Year.

Cramlington Rockets RLFC

Location: Northumberland, United Kingdom

Our people come first. The “Rockets Family” is the heartbeat of everything we do and everyone is passionate about being involved in something bigger than themselves. To see children & adults find somewhere to belong, to have purpose and opportunities to realise their potential, that makes us proud.
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